08 August 2009

Faith-full History, Historical Faith

In the customary distinction between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith, 'history' is taken to be synonymous with reality, whereas 'faith' is identified either with illusion or, at best, with an ungrounded non-rational conviction.

--Francis Watson, Text and Truth: Redefining Biblical Theology (1997), 38

[One must] refute the assumption . . . that faith prevents a properly historical perspective on Jesus.

--J. D. G. Dunn, New Testament Theology: An Introduction (2009), 28; emphasis original

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